Anthony Albanese, Australian Prime Minister, just in the first month of his job, has already had to deal with a major crisis: shortages of lettuce.
“Clearly, the unprecedented floods in QLD and NSW are the direct result of horrible climate policy by the Liberal Government that also caused a significant increase in everyday cost of living, hitting school teachers, nurses and police officers, ordinary mums and dads the most”, Albo was quoted as saying.
“My government will prove that it can deal with this crisis head-on. I will bring before Cabinet a proposal to develop a Lettuce-Growers Code of Conduct that will prevent this from happening in the future. This important measure will be developed by the end of 2022, and potentially be expanded to include growers of other edible greenery and shrubbery by the end of 2024, securing the right of all Australians to a familiar taste of a burger and a sub sandwich.
Furthermore, to battle climate change, we need to look at alternative ways to produce sufficient quantities of fertilizer to ensure our food supply for years to come. With the restricted supply of foreign-produced fertilizer and natural gas used in its production, we need to look at innovative ways to secure our future. Australia does not produce enough natural gas for domestic consumption, so we need to revert to organic sources of fertilizer. My Government, in close consultation with the Greens, has ruled out increasing cattle herds, as this will certainly lead to increased levels of methane, contributing to further detrimental effects for climate in our country and around the world.
I have asked the Hon Senator Penny Wong, Foreign Minister, and Andrew Giles, MP, Minister for Immigration, Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs, to expedite the review of the pathways that can be used to attract a large cohort of skilled workers to Australia so we can rely on a steady supply of the organically-sourced fertilizer. A lot of work has already been done to identify cultures that excel in this area, and I expect that 200,000 of these skilled workers can arrive in the next three months, primarily to important rural agricultural areas of Sydney and Melbourne.
I have also instructed the RBA to closely review the inflation rate, as substituting lettuce with cabbage will certainly drive down the inflation rate below the 3% target in the near term, and will allow the RBA to lower the rates.
I want to assure the Australian public, who have entrusted me with your vote on the 21st of May, that the Lettuce-Growers Code of Conduct remains the highest priority for my Government. Upon successful completion of this important task, my Government will direct its full efforts to other campaign commitments, such as the Federal ICAC.”